Friday, February 20, 2009

Shorter Wingnuttia

"I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, communist subversion, and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids."

Unfortunately this is no joke.
Home Cooking From Hell
From 2Millionth Web Log

The Obama administration ends Bush-era book cooking.
How Many Shekels Would Jesus Spend?
From 2Millionth Web Log


But Jeeeeesus would offer trillions in tax cuts.
Joe the Plumber Bond Market Reporter
From 2Millionth Web Log

What an arrogant little selfish fucktard Rick Santelli is.

I'd like to see Mr. Salt of the Earth's financial background investigated...I'd be more than a nominal amount of his personal wealth was obtained under circumstances that could be classified as questionable. I mean, look at his resume.

If nothing else, it screams out 'insider trading.'

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Faubourg Tremè

If you're in New Orleans you can watch or record this tonight (starts at 10 o'clock on WYES, according to the online schedule.)

Local public television here in Red Stick broadcast it last night, and it's definitely worth watching.

Looks like there's a streaming version online as well.
Dirty Coast Makes the Gray Lady
From 2Millionth Web Log

Link. Update: Guess I'm a little late on this--it was published on Sunday.
From 2Millionth Web Log

Michael Steele wants to bring a hip-hop image to the GOP.

Biggie Dick?

Not gonna happen.
Media Recognition of GOP Leadership

Cross posted at First Draft.

Let's start with this bit of Kabuki theater--the headline trumpets the avowals of several governors--including mine--that ideological purity trumps fiscal sanity, and they must, regrettably, reject stimulus funds (aside: easy to say when their own government issued paychecks aren't in danger of being cut.)

Of course, the loud squawking is a cover for the mere symbolism of their action. Buried in the article are paragraphs pointing out that outright rejection of funds will likely be limited to small measures, and that State legislatures can override a governor's refusal anyway.

And believe me, the States, including mine, need the money. Turning down funds would be sheer lunacy (note: I work for the state, and can tell you that myself and my coworkers are VERY concerned about what will happen in the next fiscal year. We've already been asked to submit any ideas re: cost cutting measures, and there are rumors of possible layoffs.) But you wouldn't know this from reading the article or scanning the headline. Instead, the media dutifully relays the G.O.P. message (which has been thoroughly discredited anyway.)

Speaking of discredited, you'd think the AP might note that ANY Republican criticism of alleged "spending abuse" in the stimulus bill might ring a bit hollow--can you say "three hundred tonnes of missing cash" in Iraq...and god knows how much more filtered through contracts and whatnot, plus the general fiscal mismanagement of the Bush administration and for the most-part-GOP-controlled legislature...but Charles Babington can't be's as if the last eight years have been chucked down the memory hole.

Finally, there's this gem, the thrust of which is that President Obama has been in office an entire month but Democrats aren't criticizing him for a lack of focus on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast like they did with Dear Leader George W. Bush...

Give. Me. A. Break.

While it certainly WOULD be nice if President Obama assessed the needs of the Gulf Coast and New Orleans, and, speaking for myself, I've been disappointed that there hasn't been more focus on the region, the guy's been in office for one month. The Bush administration had almost his entire second term to address the matter...and their response spoke volumes: tepid, disinterested bureaucratese...

I can't help but contrast their utter disregard for the Gulf Coast with their responses to first, the Terry Schiavo tragedy, which managed to accomplish the impossible--Shrub cutting short a vacation--and second, the economic meltdown, where administration officials were suddenly more than willing to play fast and loose with the rules, something they NEVER did in response to Katrina and the flood (with a single exception--Bush suspended the Davis-Bacon prevailing wage law for the cleanup.)

Anyway...oh, and it's not like the Associated Press or any news organization did much by way of follow up on the various broken promises made by the previous administration. But suddenly, one month into an Obama administration, they can't wait to point out that New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are still quite a mess. How perceptive.

You know, with water carriers like the Associated Press, you'd think the Republican Party was still in charge.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Krugman: "Comrade Greenspan" Suggests...
From 2Millionth Web Log

That the Chamber of People's Deputies sieze control of the banks.
Meet Your State Politicians
From 2Millionth Web Log


So wrong, and so pathetic on so many levels. A governor who majored in biology, but rejects evolution, a State house and senate who passed, with only three dissenting votes, a ridiculous law that has the effect of turning public school into Sunday school--and which, if there's any justice, will be overturned by federal court, but at least until then and possibly after, has engendered an economic boycott including a major science organization cancelling an upcoming convention in New Orleans (and moving it to the relatively "enlightened..." Salt Lake City? Christ on a cracker.)...all because a few idiots are apparently so insecure in their belief system that they feel it necessary to force feed their myths to the general public as an "education" measure.

Yeah, I've learned something...our politicians apparently think of The Dark Ages as The Good Old Days.
In Local News...

Looks like the Stanford Mini-Madoff scandal is hitting close to home...literally:

Before the SEC investigation, Baton Rouge and its Stanford offices had become a star in Sir Allen’s expanding constellation.

In 1996, Baton Rouge became Stanford’s first satellite brokerage. Eleven years later, then-managing director Jason Green said in an interview with The Advocate that the company had amassed $2 billion in Baton Rouge investments.

In 2007, Stanford rewarded Green -- who had worked out of an office of 25 people at City Plaza -- by naming him president of the company’s Private Client Group, with 130 investment advisers under his nationwide supervision.

There were plans to grow that number to 350 advisers by 2010. Stanford said it would establish Baton Rouge as a national headquarters for the Private Client Group, which in 2007 managed $9 billion of the company’s $30 billion in assets.

Neither Green nor his Baton Rouge successor as managing director, Grady Layfield, returned calls for comment Tuesday.

As a bit of trivia, City Plaza is at most a five minute walk from Casa de Miguel, and I drive by it pretty much every morning on the way to work.

In other local news, I see the gubnah's decided to look a gift horse in the mouth, or at least announce his intention to do so. I can only hope for the sake of the Gret Stet that this is just so much talk to placate the mouth breathers and that he won't turn down badly needed funds that will provide thousands of state employees with paychecks.
Your Tax Dollars at Work

Another busy morning here, and I'll be away from my desk for a while, but here's an example of investment in infrastructure and what it can do.

You know, I'd even consider visiting Houston every once in a while, if only to see what a city shouldn't look like.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

And The Answer Is: Out of Her Gourd
From 2Millionth Web Log

Who is Michele Bachman?
From TPM--"Rove: I Think About Scooter Every Day"
From 2Millionth Web Log

And it's probably something along the lines of "better him than me" or "there but for the grace of god go I."

And Scooter got off relatively easy.

How pathetic.
Just a Thought
From 2Millionth Web Log

When a first class loon like Pat Robertson says someone is "not exactly thinking rationally", that's saying something...

Work calls. Back later.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Because They Hate Our Freedom
From 2Millionth Web Log

Who have thunk it? Endless war has a net negative effect on human rights:

Washington's "war on terror" after the September 11 attacks has eroded human rights worldwide, creating lingering cynicism that the United Nations must now combat, international law experts said on Monday...


The report found that many undemocratic states have referred to U.S. counter-terrorism practices to justify their own abuses...
Playing the Crybaby Card
From 2Millionth Web Log

John Cornyn--authentic drama queen.
Like Clockwork...
From 2Millionth Web Log

If it's a day that ends in "d-a-y," you can bet a wingnut somewhere's going to say something really, really dumb.
Cracking the Bottom Ten
From 2Millionth Web Log

If anything, C-SPAN's panel might have been overly generous in assigning President Also-Ran 36th.

That said, I can't imagine it doing much for legacy fundraising. Association with this century's Millard Fillmore--if not James Buchanan--isn't exactly somthing to aspire to.

But then again, we're getting to the point where your average Rethug's interest in new technology might well be to ensure they've got timely reminders of when to breathe.